Good Views, Bad Views

Goose Creek runs bold and clear near "the Green Hole"

I don’t think I’ve posted this image from Week One with the iPhone. The shot is from down near the “Green Hole”–a plunge pool near where Goose Creek meets Level Bottom Creek on its way to its confluence with Bottom Creek. Click for a larger view at Flickr.

This rather inaccessible scour in the bedrock down in a Laurel thicket has been a popular swimming hole over the years, but has silted in considerably in the past decades with the increase in upstream soil disturbances, logging, and general mismanagement.

The piece of property has recently sold, and the tolerance for “the locals” usual use of this familiar landmark is not known.

The day I stopped off and navigated my way down there, contrary to the pristine appearance of selective vision, the place was pretty well trashed with assorted human effluvium–bizarrely including a white brocade and lace wedding-type dress in a state of partial decay, in amongst the KFC trash and such.

I’ll have to go back some day with a large black trash bag and make the area clean so the next Inconsiderates can come in with their own fast-food and cheap beer flotsam and really feel like they’re making a difference.

At any rate, I continue to be impressed with the iPhone 4S camera; it handles very well both highlights and shadows, and it does not blow out reds like some point-and-shoot cameras tend to do. The autofocus also is very fast, as is the shutter speed. And the wireless-transmitted images are waiting for me on the MacPro when I get home.

While I’m at it, I also don’t think I posted the 360 pano from the Movie Night last Thursday at the Country Store. Some day, when my blog grows up, I’ll be able to insert these directly on the page here. Until then, you’ll have to click the link–and see some familiar Floyd faces.

About

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

1 Comment on “Good Views, Bad Views

  1. What a gorgeous photo, especially impressive knowing you took it with your iPhone. No wonder you are thrilled with it. The 360 photo is really fun to look at, too.

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